Before the "Bronx Zoo" of George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin, there were the Oakland Athletics of the early 1970s, one of the most successful, most colorfuland most chaoticbaseball teams of all time. They were all of those things because of Charlie Finley. Not only the A's owner, he was also the general manager, personally assembling his team, deciding his players' salaries, and making player moves during the seasona level of involvement no other owner, not even Steinbrenner, engaged in.
Drawing on interviews with dozens of Finley's players, family members, and colleagues, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius present "Baseball's Super Showman" (Time magazine's description of Finley on the cover of an August 1975 issue) in all his contradictions: generous yet vengeful, inventive yet destructive. The stories surrounding him are as colorful as the life he led, the chronicle of which fills an important gap in baseball's literature.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
G. Michael Green and Roger Launius are members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. When not indulging their baseball passions, Green is a senior planner at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C., while Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overall, a good book on Charlie Finley, his ownership of the Swingin A's and the team's core ultimately breaking up through free agency and bitterness toward Finley. The book pales slightly compared to Bill Madden's "Steinbrenner," but then again, Finley paled somewhat in outrageousness with The Boss. If you're a baseball fan, particularly if you were a fan in the 1970s, you will enjoy the trip down memory lane. If you are an A's fan, I'm sure this is a home run.